It has been a dream, a romantic dream that you are fulfilling today. The 3 days Masai Mara safari is the answer to that best African safari tour you have been looking for. As you ponder upon it, the reality hits you, your 3 Day Masai Mara safari is here. This is as the plane descends and the voice on the loud speaker comes alive, “This is your Captain…We are now landing at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. It was a pleasure having you on board”. You are looking forward to the best Kenya safari experience and have a mixed feeling. Your instincts tell you to peep through the window.
A sight of the beautiful savannah grassland dotted with acacia bushes meets your eyes, the only National Park within a city, The Nairobi National Park. At night it is a sea of darkness, but during the day, you could just be lucky to spot a moving animal. Adjacent to the park is a sea of lights by night and an ocean of skyscrapers by day, the Green City in the Sun. This is Nairobi, Kenya’s capital city. The tires screeches as you touch down and suddenly the plane comes to a halt. As you get off the plane, the flight attendant at the door way wishes you a good time. The great aroma of the raw earth hits your nostrils as you walk through the doorway into the steps. You are greeted by a ‘Welcome to Kenya’ sign. Luggage… Check, immigration… Check, let’s go see the wild.
You walk out to the waiting area and a crowd tries to impress you with the name boards. Your eyes are busy gliding through each ‘pager’ as we often refer to them. You have taken time planning for this Kenya safari tour and you want everything to go as per program. Finally you see your name and your face lights with a grin as you move towards the person holding the pager. With a good African handshake, you introduce yourselves and exchange pleasantries. Our airport representative helps you with your luggage to the safari van. The briefing on the 3 day Masai Mara safari is done at the comfort of the van. That is if arrival is in the morning and your African safari in Kenya to Masai Mara begins. For those arriving later, you will have a restful night in the city before the start of your 3 days Masai Mara safari.
About the 3 days Masai Mara Safari
It is an African safari tour in Kenya to the famous Masai Mara game reserve. This game reserve is one of the premium wildlife destination not only in Kenya but in the world. It has won several awards internationally and locally as a result of the beauty of this park. Masai Mara Game Reserve has been recognized among the new wonders of the world. It is a common feature in the BBC run ‘Big Cat Diaries’. One of the star attractions in Masai Mara game reserve is the ‘big 5’ tracking. Masai Mara is the theatre of the greatest wildlife show in the world, the great migration that runs from end June to later October and early November. Wildlife to watch out for on the Masai Mara safari in Kenya includes the king of the jungle himself, the lion, elephants, leopard, cheetah, wildebeests, topi and gazelle among others.
3 Day Masai Mara Safari Itinerary
Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Game Reserve
With the briefing done, it is now time for your 3 day Masai Mara safari. As you leave the airport, sculptors of different Kenya safari animals greet you. Join into the highway and voila, you are in the central business district. You will exit the ‘big’ city headed west leaving the tall city buildings into residential houses and then farm lands. From a distance you can see the floor of the Great Rift Valley as you approach the Mau Escarpment. Winding down the wavy road past the historic Italian church, you land down into the floor of the Gregory Rift Valley. Glide through the Maasai land with many colored checked traditional shuka clad men and women going through their daily activities. Your drive will not only be scenic but interesting as the driver guide will engage you as you go.
Several hours later here you are at the Sekenani gate, the main entrance into the world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. Upon entry proceed with a short game drive to your Masai mara safari lodge. Here you will check in for a sumptuous culinary specialty. A short nap will give you a deserved rest as you prepare for the evening game drive at 1600hrs. You should be on the lookout for the ‘big five’, cheetah, warthogs, dik diks hordes of different antelope and gazelle species and birds among others. You will return to Mara Sopa Lodge in time for dinner and overnight on full board basis.
About Masai Mara National Reserve
Masai Mara National Reserve is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Kenya- Africa. The reserve is located in the Great Rift Valley in primarily open grassland. Wildlife tends to be most concentrated on the reserve’s western escarpment. The Masai Mara is regarded as the jewel of Kenya’s wildlife viewing areas. The annual wildebeest’s migration alone involves over 1.5 million animals arriving in July and departing in November. There have been some 95 species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles and over 400 birds species recorded on the reserve. Nowhere in Africa is wildlife more abundant, and it is for this reason a visitor hardly misses to see the big five (buffalo, elephant, leopard, lion, and rhino).
Day 2: Masai Mara Game Reserve
Full day will be spent in the Masai Mara game Reserve. This is the northern extension of the Serengeti –Mara ecosystem that plays host to the largest movement of big game, the ‘great migration’. This happens from late June when over one million wildebeest cross over the Mara River from Tanzania into Kenya in search of greener pastures. The return journey happens from end October when the call of nature takes them back to Serengeti and onwards to the ‘maternity’. Today you will head to the Mara River stopping at the hippo point. Watch out for the huge Nile crocodile that share the river with the hippos. On a lucky day, you will see a kill or be blessed to have a view of the elusive leopard. You can opt for two game drives or a whole day game drive and leave your Masai Mara safari lodge with picnic lunch boxes.
Day 3: Departure
The day will begin with and early breakfast that will be preceded by checkout and departure. You will enjoy a short game drive as you leave the park. End your 3 days Masai Mara safari package with a drive to Nairobi to arrive at lunch time. You will be dropped off at your Nairobi hotel or JKIA in time for your departure flight.
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3 Day Masai Mara Safari Costs:
What is included in the Masai Mara Safari cost?
- Accommodation in a Masai Mara safari lodge on full board basis
- Transport in a 4 X 4 Safari vehicle with pop up roof
- Meals on full board basis while on Masai Mara safari
- All park entrance fee
- All Government tax
3 day Masai Mara safari cost excludes:
- Items of personal use
- Deviation from the above program
- Drinks and beverages
- Tips and porterage
What to Carry on the 3 Day Masai Mara Safari
- Sun glasses
- Light and some few heavy clothing
- Sun screen
- Insect repellant
- Comfortable shoes